Mona Simpson

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Mona Simpson is the author of Anywhere but Here, My Hollywood, A Regular Guy, The Lost Father, and Off Keck Road. Her work has been awarded several prizes: a Whiting Prize, a Guggenheim, a grant from the NEA, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Prize, a Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, and most recently a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her most recent novel is Casebook (2104).

And even if you hate her, can’t stand her, even if she’s ruining your life, there’s something about her, some romance, some power. She’s absolutely herself. No matter how hard you try, you’ll never get to her. And when she dies, the world will be flat, too simple, reasonable, fair.


— Mona Simpson, Anywhere But Here